November 9, 2015

2022 UNITED STATES (New York) - Chrysler Building in New York City

The Chrysler Building is an skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood. At 319m, the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is still the tallest brick building in the world, albeit with an internal steel skeleton.

Designed by architect William Van Alen for a project of Walter P. Chrysler, it is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. The various architectural details and especially the building's gargoyles were modeled after Chrysler automobile products like the hood ornaments of the Plymouth; they exemplify the machine age in the 1920s.

When the ground breaking occurred on September 19, 1928, there was an intense competition in New York City to build the world's tallest skyscraper. To win, Van Alen obtained permission for a 38m long spire, which was secretly constructed inside the frame of the building. Upon completion, May 20, 1930, the added height of the spire allowed the building to surpass 40 Wall Street as the tallest building in the world and the Eiffel Tower as the tallest structure. 

About the stamp
The stamp is a Global Forever First-Class Mail International one, about which I wrote here.

Chrysler Building - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 09.02.2015

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